We are delighted to be able to offer for sale this unique and special property in one of the best locations in Venice, an historic Oratorio chapel built in the early 19th century to replace the ancient church of San Vio, with over 1000 years of history. So important was this church that each year it was graced by a Ducal visit and procession by the Doge and his vast entourage – for this reason the existing buildings on the Grand Canal were demolished in order to allow direct access for the Bucintoro boat to moor, thus making this waterfront campo an unusually large open space directly on the Grand Canal.
The original church contained beautiful marbles from the Palazzo Tiepolo in Sant’Agostin, and it is thought that these marbles were used in the Oratorio as you see it today. Indeed they form quite a stunning backdrop to the warm and atmospheric interior space, creating a delicious cocoon of this important building, with many beautiful features and rich interiors. The property has been in the same family for over 40 years and has the feel of a much enjoyed base in this most unique of cities. The main large window/ door has one way glass affording good views of the campo. This therefore is one of the most special and quite unique properties in Venice – full of history and with the potential to either continue to be a classic jewel or become a fabulous contemporary space – the perfect bolthole.
Access is via a central leafy courtyard to the main entrance and into a classic mirrored entrance hall. The ground floor space consists of the main living area, separate formal dining area, large equipped kitchen, and with a bedroom and bathroom at this level. The 1st floor, with further double bedroom with balcony, dressing room and bathroom, is accessed either via the staircase or via the built gallery in the main living area. There is a separate 1 bedroom service/ guest apartment on the other side of the courtyard.
The Oratorio is by far the most special and amazing place in Venice, made all the more desirable by its location – everyone’s ultimate dream space, warm and atmospheric, unique and original. Many times have I walked by and wondered what was inside…. so it has been a delight for me to finally find out and to spend some time in this very inspirational and special space. It could be left very much as is, a living timepiece, or restyled in super contemporary style for the 21st century. Who knows?
Energy class Certification is in the process of being obtained.
DORSODURO This is the quieter part of town, even though it is very central. Snaking along the Grand Canal, you will find charming palazzi - some grand and opulent, others on a pleasingly human scale. This quarter is brimming with things to see, from the Guggenheim Museum with its delightful, leafy gardens and exquisitely curated collection of modern art, to the Punta Della Dogana, a sensational collection of contemporary art, in the old customs building, recently restored by Tadao Ando. Great views onto the Giudecca Canal. A short stroll from the Accademia bridge is Campo Santa Margherita, where locals gather to catch up with friends and students enjoying the night air... Perfect for an evening spritz before dinner, or for a nightcap before walking home.